Diversity in Survey Questions on the Same Topic

Techniques for Improving Comparability

  • Tineke de Jonge
  • Ruut Veenhoven
  • Wim Kalmijn

Part of the Social Indicators Research Series book series (SINS, volume 68)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Comparing Responses to Different Survey Questions on the Same Topic: Problems and Conventional Solutions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Tineke de Jonge, Ruut Veenhoven, Wim Kalmijn
      Pages 3-16
  3. Innovation 1: The Happiness Scale Interval Study

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Tineke de Jonge, Ruut Veenhoven, Wim Kalmijn
      Pages 19-26
    3. Tineke de Jonge, Ruut Veenhoven, Wim Kalmijn
      Pages 27-30
    4. Tineke de Jonge, Ruut Veenhoven, Wim Kalmijn
      Pages 31-46
    5. Tineke de Jonge, Ruut Veenhoven, Wim Kalmijn
      Pages 47-60
    6. Tineke de Jonge, Ruut Veenhoven, Wim Kalmijn
      Pages 61-67
  4. Innovation 2: The Continuum Approach

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 69-69
    2. Tineke de Jonge, Ruut Veenhoven, Wim Kalmijn
      Pages 71-81
  5. Innovation 3: The Reference Distribution Method

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. Tineke de Jonge, Ruut Veenhoven, Wim Kalmijn
      Pages 85-96
    3. Tineke de Jonge, Ruut Veenhoven, Wim Kalmijn
      Pages 97-114
    4. Tineke de Jonge, Ruut Veenhoven, Wim Kalmijn
      Pages 115-121
    5. Tineke de Jonge, Ruut Veenhoven, Wim Kalmijn
      Pages 149-156
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 157-202

About this book

Introduction

This book describes why conventional methods fall short to solve the comparability problem and introduces three successive innovations to overcome these shortcomings. Comparability of results from different surveys using different items for the same topic is greatly hampered by the differences in response scales used. This reduces our accumulation of knowledge and has challenged researchers in the field of survey research for long to develop appropriate methods to transform ratings on different scales to attain comparable results and to correct for effects of changes in measurements and other influencing factors. The three innovations described in this volume are applied to data on happiness and life satisfaction, show better comparability of the survey results concerning the perceptions and opinions of people over time and across nations and at an increased opportunity for meta-analysis on these results. 

Keywords

Research Synthesis Scale Transformation Subjective Well-being Trend Analysis Verbal rating Scales

Authors and affiliations

  • Tineke de Jonge
    • 1
  • Ruut Veenhoven
    • 2
  • Wim Kalmijn
    • 3
  1. 1.Erasmus Happiness Economics Research OrganisationErasmus University RotterdamRotterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Erasmus Happiness Economics Research OrganisationErasmus University RotterdamRotterdamThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Erasmus Happiness Economics Research OrganisationErasmus University RotterdamRotterdamThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-53261-5
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-53260-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-53261-5
  • Series Print ISSN 1387-6570
  • Series Online ISSN 2215-0099
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